Pokemon Card of the Day #1011: Solrock (Great Encounters)

Solrock was the natural counterpart to Lunatone and each let the other make use of their Poke-Power or Poke-Body. Lunatone’s small bit of drawing was covered yesterday, and Solrock being able to help other Pokemon of certain types get around Resistances was the big thing that this one brought to the table. Psychic and Fighting both had the tendency to run into quite a few Resistances, so this was a nice trait to have even if it required two Pokemon on the Bench to make use of.

Solrock’s 70 HP was quite reasonable. The +20 Grass Weakness was a bit annoying in that it let Beedrill and Jumpluff KO without swarming as much, but that was about it. The Retreat Cost was just 1, so Solrock could get out of harm’s way if needed.

Sunlight was the Poke-Body that made this Solrock worthwhile. If Lunatone was also on your side of play, damage done to your opponent’s Pokemon by your Psychic or Fighting-type Pokemon wasn’t affected by Resistance. This could be nice, whether it was a Gallade getting around Banette ex or Gardevoir hitting a Darkness-type a bit harder. While it wasn’t game-changing for the most part, it would come in handy from time to time.

Sol Charge did 20 damage for a Fighting Energy and let you search your discard pile for a Basic Energy and attach it to 1 of your Benched Pokemon. This was actually somewhat of a set-up option, with Lunatone discarding the Energy and Solrock getting it back for another Pokemon. It wasn’t the best starter in the world but it could be okay very early.

Solrock wasn’t spectacular by any means, but it did bring some interesting things that could be wanted by a few decks. Fighting- and Psychic-types were quite good at the time, and Solrock brought them a bit of support. This card wasn’t seen often because it did require two Bench slots to be useful, but it could help out well enough if you had the room.

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 “ Raichu, Alola Form the Mouse Pokémon. An Electric and Psychic type. It uses psychokinesis to control electricity. It hops on its own tail,using psychic power to lift the tail and move about while riding on it.” 

273-TERRACOTY [Terra Cotta-Coyote]
-Psychic/Ground
-The Trickster pokemon
-Ability: Prankster - Magic Guard(HA)
-Dex: “This mischievous pokemon is known for its childish behaviour, and are often attracted to small children who they like to amuse with their psychic tricks. Their bodies are made of hard clay, and it is part of many native myths that this pokemon where sculpted by the gods.”
-Moveset:
    -Mud-Slap
    -Confusion
    -Howl
    -Trick

–>Evolves at lvl 20<–

274-COYOTRIK [Coyote-Trick]
-Psychic/Ground
-The Trickster Pokemon
-Ability:  Prankster - Magic Guard(HA)
-Dex: “This pokemon enjoys playing with others, doesn’t matter if they are pokemons or humans. This pokemon likes to play tricks on anyone unsuspecting of its presence, making use of its psychic powers to achieve all kind of pranks and tricks. It is believed that if you are having a party and a COYOTRIK shows up, you will be blessed with happiness and good luck.”
-Moveset:
    -Stomping Tantrum
    -Zen Headbutt
    -Snarl
    -Trick Room

–>Evolves at lvl 42<–

275- TOTEMAGO [Totem-Mago]
-Psychic/Dragon
-The Totemic Pokemon
-Ability: Sacred Land*
-Dex: “This pokemon can live for over a hundred years and was considered by many native tribes a sacred creature. Unlike COYOTRIK this pokemon is very serious and will reflect over its actions for hours, standing perfectly still while meditating. Many come to this pokemon seeking its experience and wisdom.”
-Moveset:
    -Outrage
    -Psyshock
    -Earth Power
    -Dragon Dance

*Ground moves are treated as Psychic Moves at the same time.

052-BASTIN [Bastet-Statue]
-Rock
-The Statue Pokemon
-Ability:  Solid Rock/Magic Guard - Sand Force(HA)
-Dex: “This pokemon was adored by ancient royalty, loved by their sculptural figure and exquisite colors, becoming a popular pet among royal houses. This pokemon eyes are made of pure Jade, and are so valuable that graverobbers used to dig this pokemons tombs to sell their eyes on the black market. Selling, purchasing or owning a ‘BASTIN’s Eye’ is a crime.”
-Moveset:
    -Power Gem
    -Copycat
    -Ancient Power
    -Sandstorm

–>Evolves at lvl. 28<–

053-CLEOPANTRA [Cleopatra-Panther]
-Rock/Psychic
-The Guardian Pokemon
-Ability: Solid Rock/Magic Guard  - Sand Force(HA)
-Dex: “This fierce pokemon is regarded as an outstanding guard, thanks to its refined senses, its ability to stand motionless for hours and the ability to jump from its rest into attack in a flash. Their beautiful manes where adored by kings and queens, often imitated by them as elaborated headdresses, and more often than not, royalty would compete on whose CLEOPANTRA’s had the most luscious mane.”
-Moveset:
-Sig. Move: Sphinx’s Riddle “The user will channel the power of its allies with its psychic abilities, using one of its teammates move at random, the riddle is knowing who’s attack is it using. Nevertheless wich move it uses, it will be treated as a psychic move too”
   Type: Psychic
   PP: 15 (max 24)
   Power: –
   Accuracy: –
    -Stone Edge
    -Noble Roar
    -Wide Guard

SUNMOON POKEDDEX CHALLENGE DAY 23 - Favourite Legendary: Solgaleo

I love both title legendaries of Sun and Moon but for me Solgaleo is the one that really just has that special feel to it. One of the reasons is the design. You look at it and you think “Oh, a lion, cool!” but when you look at it more closely it is so much more. At least for me.

That is why I took a completely different turn with this design. This Solgaleo isn’t based on a regular lion for various reasons but instead it is based on an extinct thylacoleo. I personally felt like thylacoleo (marsupial lion) has qualities that feel more fitting to Solgaleo than a regular African lion, one being the feeling of alieness. Both Lunala and Solgaleo are very alien creatures so I thought it would be more fitting for their origin and nature to go for something unusual. Thylacoleo was also a terrifying beast with incredibly powerful bite and deadly claws.

Another reason to go for thylacoleo was that it felt more stocky and sturdy than a regular lion. Solgaleo appears to have armor as well which I did not want to portray as patterned skin/fur. I wanted to do something more interesting. And for me thylacoleo gave a chance to mix in some other qualities. I went with rhino armor. It’s sturdy, allows movement and it also gave me the motif I needed for Solgaleo’s mane.

For the most part the mane feels more solid than fluffy and furry so I applied the rhino armor there as well to represent the more solid looking parts. I didn’t want to go with overly fluffy and recoloured mane either because that again feels like is lacking the feeling of alieness. Besides, I have done a recoloured lion version already so about time I got more serious about it and stopped with the shortcuts and the obvious choices. There are a ton of cool creatures out there but it can be a real chore to find the most fitting ones.

Overall I am very pleased with how this design came out and I feel like I could explore it even further at some point!